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May 06, 2020


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The ultimate - yes, I do mean ultimate - backronym: USAPATRIOT Act.

"Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism"

It must have taken a regular Ernest Hemingway to come up with that monstrosity!

Vasiliy: In the Visual Thesaurus column to which I link in my post, I quote Ben Zimmer as saying the USA PATRIOT Act is "the granddaddy of belabored backronyms." It's not only belabored, it's recursive: it recapitulates one of the words it incorporates. https://www.visualthesaurus.com/cm/candlepwr/back-to-backronyms/

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